Book Review: The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain @StMartinsPress #BookReview

The Dream Daughter

by Diane Chamberlain


From Goodreads:

When Caroline Sears receives the news that her unborn baby girl has a heart defect, she is devastated. It is 1970 and there seems to be little that can be done. But her brother-in-law, a physicist, tells her that perhaps there is. Hunter appeared in their lives just a few years before—and his appearance was as mysterious as his past. With no family, no friends, and a background shrouded in secrets, Hunter embraced the Sears family and never looked back.

Now, Hunter is telling her that something can be done about her baby’s heart. Something that will shatter every preconceived notion that Caroline has. Something that will require a kind of strength and courage that Caroline never knew existed. Something that will mean a mind-bending leap of faith on Caroline’s part.

And all for the love of her unborn child.

A rich, genre-spanning, breathtaking novel about one mother’s quest to save her child, unite her family, and believe in the unbelievable. Diane Chamberlain pushes the boundaries of faith and science to deliver a novel that you will never forget.

My thoughts on this book:

My review may contain mild spoilers:

It’s 1970 and Carly has just lost her husband in Vietnam. She discovers that she’s pregnant, and now she’s told by her doctor that they believe the baby has a heart condition. Her brother-in-law, Hunter, finds a facility that can confirm exactly what’s wrong with the baby’s heart. Once the test is complete, she learns that her unborn child has a heart defect that cannot be repaired. They confirm that the baby will not be able to live once it’s born and there is nothing she can do about it. Carly is devastated along with Hunter and her sister. She doesn’t know how she can cope with losing this baby.

Hunter’s a physicist with a secret past, and he believes there is something that can be done to help this baby survive. He’s confident and has it all planned out. It’s up to Carly now. What will she be willing to risk to save her baby?

I’d love to just pour all of my thoughts out on this review, but I would have to share so many spoilers and I don’t want to do that. I was just so very connected to this book because had my oldest daughter been born in 1970, I would’ve been faced with this same exact nightmare. This would be me–just like Carly–desperate for help. Because my daughter was born in 2006, she was able to get the multiple surgeries that she needed to survive. In the 70’s, there were no medical advancements available to save these babies with these heart conditions. It’s such a horrible thought and every emotion was captured so perfectly in the novel as if the author had experienced this herself.

Regardless of my connection with the plot, the book is written so well and chock-full of so much detail–I just didn’t want to put it down. I had to discover what was going to happen and couldn’t predict a thing! There were twists all the way to the end. I had so many emotions and teared up multiple times. Toward the last 100 pages or so, I wasn’t sure if I was happy with where the plot was going, but it was perfectly wrapped up in the end. I was still left to wonder what could happen with a few of the characters because there was actually room for more story, yet I was completely satisfied with it the way it ended.

I’ve never really been into sci-fi books that include some of the themes like in this one, but this is just a wonderful book and it worked. I would highly recommend it to anyone. I fell in love and wish I could give it more than five stars, in fact, this is going down as my favorite read of 2018 so far.

I’d like to thank St. Martin’s Press for sharing this book with me in exchange for my honest review.


Find this book on Goodreads and Amazon:

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Press (October 2, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781250087300
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250087300

Thanks for reading my review of The Dream Daughter. Have you read this book? Please feel free to share your thoughts below because I’d love to chat about it! ❤

32 thoughts on “Book Review: The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain @StMartinsPress #BookReview

    1. Thanks, Noriko! It’s hard to believe that people had to lose their babies to conditions like this. I just can’t imagine having to go through that. I think you would enjoy this book and hope you try it. ❤😚

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    1. I know what you mean, Bonnie. This subject is close to my heart with what I went through with my own daughter, but the book is just so good regardless. I can’t wait to see how you like it. Thank you for reading my review! 😚🧡


  1. I have been reading several good reviews on this book. Yours has really enticed me Jenn. One of your favourites for the year, you say. I have put it on hold at the library and am #14, but there are 7 books available, so hopefully by the end of November. I skimmed your review because of your spoiler warning, but I read enough to see how much you loved this one.

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    1. Thank you, Carla! This is definitely my favorite so far for 2018. I tried not to spoil anything that wasn’t revealed in the blurb. I hope you get the book soon! I have to go out and buy two books today because there are too many holds at my library and I’m impatient lol. 🤣 I can’t wait to see what you think about this one. I so hope you love it as much as I did. ❤🧡❤

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  2. Berit&V@Audio Killed the Bookmark

    Beautiful review for a beautiful book! Thank you for sharing your personal connection! This is definitely one of my favorites of the year as well!💕💕💕

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  3. Love your review!! This was a 5 star read for me and I felt such a connection to Carly for so many reasons, especially an emotional one and it was hard to read at times! The book takes place part of the time in Raleigh where I live, Carly graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill where I went to college and then I felt so connected to her as a mother since I spent 20 weeks on bedrest with Kayley and she was born with just a 40% survival rate because of the way her umbilical cord had not implanted in the uterine wall. Then with both my boys being preemies and having to leave them at the hospital when I was discharged was so, so hard…you never think of going to have your baby and leave without your child, but then it happens and you feel lost and broken. I just cried as I empathized with Carly and knew that I would make every decision that she would have because you just do anything you can to save your child and make sure they are healthy. I completely understand your connection to this book as a mother. Just so emotional. Your review was gorgeous. ❤ This is definitely a fave read of the year!

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    1. That’s so amazing that you had so many connections to the book, Stephanie, and then to be in the same area too. Yes, having to leave your babies is so hard! I can’t imagine having it happen that many times. That had to be so hard for you. It only happened once with me out of the five, but still, it’s so hard. I felt very connected to the story as well and have often had thoughts about how hard it would’ve been to lose my child had she been born then rather than in ’06. The advancements we have now are a miracle for these babies. The interesting thing too is that my oldest daughter is soon to be 13, the same age as Joanna.

      I agree…we would do anything for our kids. I thought about how hard it would be for me to do the “jumps” though. That would be hard to trust at first! Like her, I probably would’ve chosen water as well. 😂 I’m truly amazed at how the author put so much detail into this book. I’m so glad we both enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing your experiences and for reading my review. ❤🧡❤

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      1. It felt crazy to share so many connections, but I loved it. It’s so hard, but you would do anything for your child. I can’t imagine having a baby back when medical technology couldn’t save them. Or when I went into preterm labor every single time and needed the IV drugs and hospitalization to stop the labor and then meds to take at home to prevent contractions; they didn’t have things like that years ago and it doesn’t always work now, which I know all too well. That’s crazy about your daughter being the same age as Joanna!

        I hate heights! I would have had to jump over water but I would have had to be blindfolded, LOL. And pushed! I love DC’s books. They are just so good. Have you read Necessary Lies? It was my favorite by her until I read this one. I love it. Me too!! Anytime!! ❤ ❤

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        1. Exactly! I haven’t read that one yet, but someone else asked me about it too. I’m definitely going to read that one and hoping by next month. Take care, Stephanie and enjoy your week! ❤


  4. What a beautiful review Jenn. The blurb is very gripping. For you to have such a personal connection to this story makes your review even more poignant. Thank goodness for the advances of modern medicine, even though it still is a difficult process to go through.

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    1. Thank you so much, Nina. 😊 We are very lucky to have these advancements! I can’t imagine what it had to be like for these people to be told that nothing can be done. Thanks so much for reading my review. ❤

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